CA2528041A1 - Seating with comfort surface - Google Patents

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CA2528041A1
CA2528041A1 CA 2528041 CA2528041A CA2528041A1 CA 2528041 A1 CA2528041 A1 CA 2528041A1 CA 2528041 CA2528041 CA 2528041 CA 2528041 A CA2528041 A CA 2528041A CA 2528041 A1 CA2528041 A1 CA 2528041A1
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Renard G. Tubergen
Gordon J. Peterson
Kurt R. Heidmann
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Steelcase Inc
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Steelcase Development Corporation
Renard G. Tubergen
Gordon J. Peterson
Kurt R. Heidmann
Steelcase Inc.
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Priority to US10/455,487 priority patent/US7226130B2/en
Priority to US10/455,076 priority patent/US6880886B2/en
Priority to PCT/US2004/017777 priority patent/WO2004107915A2/en
Application filed by Steelcase Development Corporation, Renard G. Tubergen, Gordon J. Peterson, Kurt R. Heidmann, Steelcase Inc. filed Critical Steelcase Development Corporation
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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    • A47C7/00Parts, details, or accessories of chairs or stools
    • A47C7/02Seat parts
    • A47C7/14Seat parts of adjustable shape; elastically mounted ; adaptable to a user contour or ergonomic seating positions
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
    • A47C1/00Chairs adapted for special purposes
    • A47C1/02Reclining or easy chairs
    • A47C1/022Reclining or easy chairs having independently-adjustable supporting parts
    • A47C1/023Reclining or easy chairs having independently-adjustable supporting parts the parts being horizontally-adjustable seats ; Expandable seats or the like, e.g. seats with horizontally adjustable parts
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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    • A47C1/031Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts
    • A47C1/032Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest
    • A47C1/03205Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest having adjustable and lockable inclination
    • A47C1/03238Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest having adjustable and lockable inclination by means of peg-and-notch or pawl-and-ratchet mechanism
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
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    • A47C1/032Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest
    • A47C1/03255Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest with a central column, e.g. rocking office chairs
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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    • A47C1/032Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest
    • A47C1/03261Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest characterised by elastic means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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    • A47C1/032Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest
    • A47C1/03261Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest characterised by elastic means
    • A47C1/03277Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest characterised by elastic means with bar or leaf springs
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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    • A47C1/03294Reclining or easy chairs having coupled concurrently adjustable supporting parts the parts being movably-coupled seat and back-rest slidingly movable in the base frame, e.g. by rollers
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
    • A47C31/00Details or accessories for chairs, beds, or the like, not provided for in other groups of this subclass, e.g. upholstery fasteners, mattress protectors, stretching devices for mattress nets
    • A47C31/02Upholstery attaching means
    • A47C31/04Clamps for attaching flat elastic strips or flat meandering springs to frames
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A47CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
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    • A47C7/36Support for the head or the back
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A47C7/40Support for the head or the back for the back
    • A47C7/46Support for the head or the back for the back with special, e.g. adjustable, lumbar region support profile; "Ackerblom" profile chairs

Abstract

A chair includes a base, a seat, a back, and a control operably supporting the seat and back on the base for movement between upright and recline positions.
The seat and back include a stiff perimeter frame with opposing perimeter sections, and a plurality of rods each independently bendable in vertical and angled directions. End bearings on the rods are captured in pockets in the perimeter frame, which limits their inward and outward sliding movement. The control includes front and rear leaf springs and a pivot arm operably supporting the seat and the back for synchronous movement, with the direction of movement being such that energy is stored during recline. The energy stored during recline assists in providing a heavier person with added counterbalancing force during recline. A booster mechanism is also selectively engageable for added support upon recline.

Claims (30)

1. A seating unit comprising:
a frame adapted to support a seated user, the frame having spaced-apart opposing side sections each with a plurality of recesses therein, the recesses being defined by parallel walls spaced apart a predetermined distance; and a plurality of resilient support members extending between the opposing side sections, each support member having a cross-sectional width that is about equal to the predetermined distance and each being independently bendable and each further having laterally-formed ends operably slidably positioned in an associated one of the recesses and coupled to the side sections to engage the associated recess for controlled sliding movement.
2. A seating unit comprising:
a frame;
a flexible seating surface supported by the frame; and a plurality of elongated resilient force-distributing support members associated with said seating surface to control a contour of the seating surface when supporting a seated user, the resilient force-distributing support members being generally flexible and bendable along their length and being sufficient in number and distribution across the seating surface so as to reduce localized deflection of the seating surface and thereby reduce point contact pressure associated with the seated user, wherein the frame includes opposite side sections with at least one recess therein, and wherein the force-distributing support members include shaped ends captured in the at least one recess and that slidably engage the at least one recess for controlled sliding movement upon flexure of the force-distributing support members.
3. The seating unit defined in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the ends of the support members are L-shaped.
4. The seating unit defined in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the recesses include surfaces that engage the ends to limit inward sliding movement thereof.
5. The seating unit defined in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the side sections include angled surfaces constructed to engage and limit flexure of the support members.
6. The seating unit defined in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the recesses include surfaces that engage the ends to limit outward sliding movement thereof.
7. The seating unit defined in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the support members each include a bent wire with a first portion forming the length and a second portion forming the ends.
8. The seating unit defined in claim 7, wherein the first portion includes a linear section of wire rod when in an unstressed condition.
9. The seating unit defined in claim 7, wherein the second portion is L-shaped.
10. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the wire is made of spring steel.
11. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the recesses form individual pockets, and wherein the ends are captured in the pockets.
12. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, including a cover that covers the recesses sufficiently to non-releasably capture the ends of the support members.
13. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein several of the ends of the support members engage an outer end surface of the recesses to cause tension in the support members resulting in a bowed shape in the several support members.
14. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein adjacent ones of several of the support members form an elongated loop, with a length of the loop comprising a pair of long parallel members, and the ends of the loop being short transverse members.
15. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the frame defines a back.
16. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the frame defines a seat.
17. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the support members are separate wires that include a single strand extending between the opposing side sections.
18. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the side sections include inner end surfaces located inboard of at least some of the recesses and that are angled relative to vertical, and are configured to support and limit flexure of the resilient support members when flexed.
19. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, including a lumbar device adjustably engaging at least one of the support members and adapted to support the one support member at a location inboard of at least one of the ends of the one support member.
20. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, including an upholstered cushion rested on the frame.
21. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the side sections each include an inner wall having apertures through which the support members extend.
22. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the support members are made of spring steel.
23. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the support members have a round cross section.
24. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein at least some of the support members include a bearing attached to their ends.
25. The seating unit defined in claim 24, wherein the bearing defines a channel that captures an associated one of the ends.
26. The seating unit defined in claim 25, wherein the channel is shaped to snappingly engage the associated one end.
27. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, including a flexible sheet covering the support members.
28. The seating unit defined in any of the preceding claims, including a cushion on the support members.
29. A comfort surface for a seating unit comprising:
a flexible seating surface defining a plurality of recesses with openings that open in an inboard direction and that are smaller than the recesses;
a plurality of elongated resilient force-distributing support members associated with said seating surface to control the contour of the seating surface when supporting a seated user, the resilient force-distributing support members being generally bendable along their length and being sufficient in number and distribution across the seating surface so as to reduce localized deflection of the seating surface and thereby reduce point contact pressure associated with the seated user, the force-distributing support members having end portions that extend laterally within the recesses relative to the openings to restrict movement of the end portion but that permit limited sliding within the recesses.
30. A seating unit comprising:
a frame adapted to support a seated user, the frame having opposing side frame sections, each with a series of parallel elongated recesses that open in an inboard direction and that extend in a depth direction;
a plurality of resilient support members extending between the side frame sections, each support member being having ends extending into the recesses and a bent portion captured in respective ones of the recesses; and means for supporting the ends of the wires within the recesses for controlled sliding movement when the support members are resiliently bent.
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US10/241,955 US6869142B2 (en) 2002-09-12 2002-09-12 Seating unit having motion control
US10/455,503 US7165811B2 (en) 2002-09-12 2003-06-05 Control mechanism for seating unit
US10/455,487 US7226130B2 (en) 2002-09-12 2003-06-05 Seating with comfort surface
US10/455,076 US6880886B2 (en) 2002-09-12 2003-06-05 Combined tension and back stop function for seating unit
US10/455,487 2003-06-05
PCT/US2004/017777 WO2004107915A2 (en) 2002-09-12 2004-06-04 Seating with comfort surface
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